Cheese, Beer, Spam and Grits Festivals Will Fill Your April Full of Indigestion
It’s officially spring, and April has been doing its thing for a few days now. That means the seasonal festivals have started to move outdoors and the warmer weather guarantees a good time no matter where you decide to spend the weekend. Of course overindulgence on one particular food is always a great way to pass the time, so here’s a few picks of where to taste and treat this month:
World Grits Festival - St. George, South Carolina
We’re just a week or so away from the World Grits Festival in St. George, South Carolina, so if you’re looking for a little slice of the South now’s the time to make your plans. They’ve been throwing this party for the last 27 years, so at this point we’re thinking that they really know what they’re doing. All kinds of arts and crafts will be on display, there’s a chance to grind your own grits, plenty of live music, and of course a grits eating contest. Things run between April 13 and April 15—check the full schedule here—and admission is totally free. Just be sure to schedule your time accordingly, as we wouldn’t want you to miss the chance to see attendees rolling around in a pool full of grits—yes, that’s a real thing.
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival – Kenosha, Wisconsin
Nothing is as delicious as some beer and some cheese, and thankfully there’s one festival in Wisconsin getting ready to celebrate both. The Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival is getting ready to go on Saturday, April 21 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Tickets will set you back around $40 per person, but that will get you access to plenty of samples from the state’s best cheese producers and brewers. Local breweries will be on hand to show off their latest sudsy creations including Big Bay Brewing Company and their Long Weekend IPA. All the overindulgence goes down at the The Brat Shop, so we’re even thinking they’ll be an opportunity to partake in a sausage or too as well.
Spam Jam Waikiki - Honolulu, Hawaii
No one loves the surf and the sand like the residents of Hawaii, but they’re also pretty darn fond of the ham that comes in a can—Spam. Their Spam Jam in Waikiki is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, and all the fun is set to hit the streets of Waikiki on April 28. Last year there were around 20,000 people in attendance, and we’d expect more of the same this year. Spam recipes and Spam samples will be yours for the taking, as local restaurants and chefs put their finest creations—starring Spam—on display up and down Kalakaua Avenue. There’s no admission charge either, so that means lots of leftover cash to spend on Spam souvenirs. If you’re handing out in Oahu at the end of April be sure to at least make an appearance—it’s worth skipping the beach for a few hours.
[Photos: World Grits Festival and madmarv00]